The Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate
New member John Conner was welcomed into the club in April 1995.
Also . . .
President Jim led the first return visit by Seagate Rotarians to Orléans in 1995 - details under 1993.
The filling of Disaster Boxes (Aquabox) linked Seagate with schools over several years.
Youth Exchange: The club sponsored Brendan Moriarty to attend a Youth Camp in Switzerland in 1995. A group of 20 young people from different countries participated in cycle touring, sightseeing and white water rafting.
President Jim spoke to St Andrews Guild on Rotary - a challenge, but an enjoyable one.
The May 1995 Pensioners Outing took over 180, in four coaches, to Stirling, with high tea at the Redburn Hotel on their return.
President Jim recalls two charitable donations in particular. One was £25
towards the Youth Forum Group at the Mure Church - Seagate
recognised their ambition and drive, as they created a Sensory and Wild Garden
for the enjoyment of others.
The main charity of the Rotary year was Riding for the Disabled, enabling the children to be taken to Arran for a riding holiday - Jim found this involvement humbling and "one of the best things that I have ever been involved with".
Sailing for the Disabled (June 1995) is covered under the following year.
This year's (1995) Burns Supper enjoyed an Immortal Memory proposed by Sam Gaw, a Past President of Irvine Burns Club and of the World Burns Federation. Raymond toasted the Lasses and Margaret Cook replied. The Irvine Royal Academy Youthspeaks team, who had triumphed at District level earlier in the year (Debragh, Naomi and Debbie), with a fourth member of the Academy Burns Club, Lorna Mackay, delivered four readings.
A Car Treasure Hunt was enjoyed in September. One answer to be sought was the price of fish & chips on Eglinton Street - the answer? - £1.69! The West Highland Way caught the imagination of (press report:) "four plucky members" when Iain Ballantyne spoke in Nov. 1994 about the 1994 walk which raised £4,500 for Action Research - see the next page (1995) for the Seagate involvement.
The 1995 Youthspeaks brought spectacular success. Irvine Royal Academy won the local heat, and proceeded to win the District Final, for the second year in a row, in Hamilton! Great celebrations at the Club, and the winning youngsters enjoyed a weekend away at Aviemore as their prize - there they performed in front of 600 delegates at the District Conference. President Jim was very proud of those young people. [The three judges were Rtn Ian (then President of Irvine Burns Club), his wife Louise (a Head of Home Economics), and RC Irvine Rtn George Watson.]
In November, the Club held its first Sportsmen's Dinner at the Hospitality Inn. Chairman President Jim welcomed speakers Douglas Dalgleish, President of the Scottish Golf Union and Gordon Smith, ex-professional footballer, as well as Bill Barclay, comedian, TV and radio personality, and Deputy Governor Jim McKelvie of RC Irvine. Joe Mullen of Messrs Phillips was auctioneer. The event raised over £2,000.
Sometimes the best-laid schemes don't work out. One such was the 1993-94 Community Service Committee's Marymass Medieval Fair Project for August 1994 - the objective being that Seagate Rotary would act as catalysts and events managers to provide a community service for Irvine and its people. Ideas included the Trades demonstrating their crafts, street jugglers, strolling players, Punch & Judy, local people dressed as artisans, pedlars, merchants, clerics and townspeople in general, with children's art on exhibition in the Heckling House. A terrific day of bustle and energy in the town was envisaged - it did not take place, but its planning indicates the aspirations of a two-year-old Rotary club.